Here's why we're doomed. It doesn't matter how many people in northern states remain connected to reality: there'll always be the south. And they'll always elect people bent on dragging the country down, in the name of the bible. The way our country was designed, by founders who clearly didn't trust "the people" all that much but in no way foresaw how stupid, frightened, and regressive they'd become, such states have the power of prevention. As in sensible legislation. Qualified appointees. Effective budgets.
People who think this is right will do anything:
Clearly, we need to cut those states loose. Invite the people from around here who like them to join them. Pay their fare. Establish trade, have a couple of treaties for this and that, but get them the hell out of our politics. Seriously. Until we do, we'll never get anywhere. And since we won't, we won't.RALEIGH, N.C. — A bill filed by Republican lawmakers would allow North Carolina to declare an official religion, in violation of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Bill of Rights, and seeks to nullify any federal ruling against Christian prayer by public bodies statewide.The legislation grew out of a dispute between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Rowan County Board of Commissioners. In a federal lawsuit filed last month, the ACLU says the board has opened 97 percent of its meetings since 2007 with explicitly Christian prayers.Overtly Christian prayers at government meetings are not rare in North Carolina. Since the Republican takeover in 2011, the state Senate chaplain has offered an explicitly Christian invocation virtually every day of session, despite the fact that some senators are not Christian.